County News 2010

November 3, 2010
County Elections: Thousands of absentee ballots need to be processed

Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard is reminding all Tulare County residents the Registrar of Voters Office still has a lot of ballots to process from the General Election held on November 2, 2010, and the results are not final until the Registrar of Voters Office certifies the results.

November 1, 2010
Cutler Lending LIbrary Video Demonstration
October 29, 2010
Tulare County Improves Book Access for Residents

Residents in northern Tulare County now have access to library books any time of the day.

Tulare County Library officials invite the community to attend the unveiling of the Cutler Lending Library, an automatic book machine in Cutler which will make hundreds of books available to residents who choose to use library services. The unveiling is set for 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1 at the Cutler Public Utilities District office, 40526 Orosi Dr. Cutler, CA 93615.

“This is a pilot project that the Tulare County Library system is extremely proud of,” said Brian Lewis, Tulare County Librarian. “If successful, this project will serve as a model the library can use for other underserved, unincorporated communities that do not have access to a public library.”

October 14, 2010
LAFCO and Member Receive Statewide Recognition

Tulare County's Local Agency Formation Commission and one of its members garnered statewide recognition last week at the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commission's (CALAFCO) annual meeting.

CALAFCO awarded the Tulare County LAFCO the "Most Effective Commission" award. Julie Allen, a Tulare County LAFCO member, was also elected as the public member representing the Central Region on the governing board of CALAFCO. The annual meeting was held Oct. 7 in Palm Springs.

October 14, 2010
WIB Employee of the Year: Carlene Estes

At their annual meeting Wednesday, the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB) announced Carlene Estes as Employee of the Year.  She is a supervisor of the Porterville Employment Connection’s training unit.  “It was a very pleasant surprise,” said Mrs. Estes, who started with the WIB in July, 1990 as an Office Assistant.

“People who nominated her had really positive things to say about her,” said Adam Peck, Executive Director of the WIB.  “She is a crucial part of the Porterville Employment Connection and we are a better organization with her.”

October 12, 2010
Service Learning Program to Expand to Middle Schools

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today approved a $20,000 boost to the Step Up Service Learning Grant Program – a move that will allow the popular program to be implemented at middle schools countywide. 

The Step Up Service Learning Grant Program is designed to fund school-based projects that target the involvement of school-aged youth who are gang-affiliated or at-risk of joining a gang. Since 2008, 18 high schools from throughout Tulare County have participated in the program. The Supervisors’ approval allocated funding for service learning projects at the middle school level.

“There is no doubt that the Step Up Service Learning Grant Program will make an immediate impact on the middle school youth who will participate,” said District Three Supervisor Phil Cox. “Giving our youth the opportunity to participate in service learning projects is an effective way to positively influence them before gangs can reach them.”

October 11, 2010
WIB Holds Annual Meeting October 13

The Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB) will hold its Annual Meeting 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13, at the Visalia Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 9000 W. Airport Drive, in Visalia.  There are some seats still available and registration for the event is $25 per person.

“Our theme this year is ‘Driving Economic Success,’” said Adam Peck, Executive Director of the WIB.  “It has been a bumpy road during the recession – and now a very slow recovery – but we served an enormous number of clients during this time.”

October 7, 2010
County Encourages Employees to GO PINK!

October 2010 is the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The National Breast Awareness Month program is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. 
In commemoration of this ongoing effort, the Tulare County Administrative Office is strongly encouraging departments to go "pink" on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.  Departments are asked to encourage employees to wear pink clothing or accessories that help bring attention to this worthy cause.  

October 5, 2010
Changes in RMA Improve Customer Service and Efficiency

A number of changes implemented in August at the Tulare County Resource Management Agency (RMA) are paying big dividends for people seeking services at its permit center, officials reported at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

During a presentation to the Board of Supervisors, RMA Planner Michael Washam said the changes at the permit center have resulted in an increase in customer service and overall efficiency.

“The largest factor in improved customer service is the change in hours to allow staff to review building permits and research and respond to public requests and questions,” Washam said. “Customer service is not only being open to receive applications and questions; it is also the ability to review and respond in a timely manner.”

October 5, 2010
Supervisors Adopt Ordianance to Protect Children on Halloween

The Board of Supervisors today approved an urgency ordinance that requires sex offenders – who have committed sexual crimes against children - in unincorporated Tulare County to follow strict guidelines on Halloween.

The guidelines include: leave all exterior residential, decorative, and ornamental lighting off during the evening hours from 5 p.m. to midnight; no posting Halloween decorations on his/her residence; and no answering doors to children who are trick-or-treating.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Steve Worthley asked the Board to pass the urgency ordinance as a tool to protect children and empower the residents of unincorporated communities.

“The real purpose of the statute is prevention and it gives parents a tool to avoid a potentially dangerous situation” Chairman Worthley said. “This is a role of government, acting in a preventative measure, to try to protect our children.”